Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Monday, August 29, 2005
Work Isn't Sucking
Axess's course search/browse feature is frankly atrocious. It is written in a bizarre and suboptimal manner.
The current system performs so miserably that it is extremely difficult and frustrating to use.
Now, sure, there was no actual question there. And there's little or nothing we can do about his complaints since we're now using PeopleSoft delivered functionality. So I told him I'd pass on his comments, but that he should probably forward it to PeopleSoft/Oracle as well as it is their design.
Anyway, I also had another interesting ticket about the Law Lottery, so I asked, and it turns out this process has never been documented. So now I'm in charge of documenting it. Max and I sat down for an hour and a half and went over what he knew. Next I'm going to go talk to the Law School registrar and see what she can add and what questions she can answer. Then I get to document it all and present it to the team next week. Sounds like fun to me. (Yes, I'm weird.) Also, Anh is leaving the team, and she was previously scheduled to teach the Grad Admissions course on October 13th. Now that falls to me. We started going over the classroom materials and basically it turns out they're all painfully out of date and in desperate need of revision. So, next stop is to revise the manual, take out the excess flotsam, and get it reprinted before the class. This should be fun. Also, I'm teaching SA Basics again on Thursday, and after that I'll have gone through enough of the existing manuals to justify revising that course and getting those reprinted as well.
So basically I went from bored out of my skull to having lots and lots to do very suddenly. This makes me much happier at work. Add to that a potential coup I'm currently stirring (involving my finding a way to create a new team and place myself as the lead), and maybe, just maybe, I can grind my job back into something I want to have. I mean, leaving Stanford would have some pretty big down sides. Where else am I going to get 4 weeks of vacation a year, plus 3 days of PTO, plus 2 weeks of sick leave?
Friday, August 26, 2005
| Katharine Hepburn |
You scored 16% grit, 28% wit, 42% flair, and 23% class!
You are the fabulously quirky and independent woman of character. You
go your own way, follow your own drummer, take your own lead. You stand
head and shoulders next to your partner, but you are perfectly willing
and able to stand alone. Others might be more classically beautiful or
conventionally woman-like, but you possess a more fundamental common
sense and off-kilter charm, making interesting men fall at your feet.
You can pick them up or leave them there as you see fit. You share the
screen with the likes of Spencer Tracy and Cary Grant, thinking men who
like strong women.
|My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:|
|Link: The Classic Dames Test written by gidgetgoes on OkCupid Free Online Dating|
Thursday, August 25, 2005
Happy Birthday Fred!
So, dinner at Nola's including yummy raspberry mojitos, and a teriyaki skirt steak with green beans and garlic mashed potatoes. Plus, the company of several of my very favorite people, including Brooks whom I hardly ever get to see. We followed that up with Nosferatu at the Stanford Theater. It was great, complete with live organist. A fun time was had by all.
I seem to be ramping back up to a normal level of busy-ness again. Tuesday was dinner at home with Fred and Malaya and Monica. Wednesday was Fred's dinner out. Tonight I'm headed to Alameda to help Frank and Janelle do a final cleaning on their apartment. Friday I'm introducing Bob to Firefly (yay!). Saturday I'm going to hit the Gunne Sax outlet and go to the Fezzi's croquet party in the park, or possibly skip Gunne Sax and hit the Fog Faire for 3 hours before croquet. Not sure yet. Depends on how ambitious and wakeful I am Saturday morning. I mean really, can I be Renaissance and Victorian all during one daylight span? Hmm... Anyway, fun times. Sunday is due to seal the deck and do some weeding. And then it starts all over again. Wheeee!!!
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Geeky Nerd, but not Dorky
| Modern, Cool Nerd |
65 % Nerd, 69% Geek, 13% Dork
For The Record:
A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being
A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or
subject, often an obscure or difficult one.
A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social
You scored better than half in Nerd and Geek, earning you the title of:
Modern, Cool Nerd.
Nerds didn't use to be cool, but in the 90's that all changed. It used
to be that, if you were a computer expert, you had to wear plaid or a
pocket protector or suspenders or something that announced to the world
that you couldn't quite fit in. Not anymore. Now, the intelligent and
geeky have eeked out for themselves a modicrum of respect at the very
least, and "geek is chic." The Modern, Cool Nerd is intelligent,
knowledgable and always the person to call in a crisis (needing
computer advice/an arcane bit of trivia knowledge). They are the one
you want as your lifeline in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (or the one
up there, winning the million bucks)!
|My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:|
|Link: The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test written by donathos on OkCupid Free Online Dating|
Monday, August 22, 2005
Workity work work work
It was a fun and highly productive weekend though. Justin posted a request for assistance on Monica's new computer class curriculum. Designing a 7th grade computer class sounded like fun to me, so I replied that it's too bad they live in Sac, because I'd love to go over it over drinks on Saturday night. He said, "Oooh let's do it!" and suddenly we had a big weekend plan. They helped us paint our dining room. We helped her plan her computer class and come up with a year's worth of vocab lessons. It rocked. We celebrated with strawberry margaritas and dinner at Chevy's. All was good in the world.
And now I have a green dining room, and I like it a lot. So yeah, productive. Been way productive lately - home and work. Tonight, I'm gonna go veg out in front of the tv with Joan of Arcadia.
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Mowed the Lawn
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Google No Go
- that it is challenging
- that I feel like I can do a good job
- that I feel like the work I do is appreciated
I don't see that happening in the Administrative Systems group at Stanford. So now the only question is go back to school and continue to coast career-wise here in this job, or go beat down a path career-wise? I guess the next 30 days will tell. Meanwhile, back to the job hunt, at least with a clear head that Google is off the table.
Monday, August 15, 2005
The Baby Menace
Oh wait, NO I DON'T!
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Happy Birthday Rick!
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
Monday, August 08, 2005
I had a pile of fresh produce for lunch. A gorgeous sweet nectarine. A basket of strawberries. An ear of corn. It was delicious and I was stuffed. More corn for dinner.
The downside of the day was not checking the training database for my class until after five. I wanted to get the HelpSU tickets done first, but they kept coming, and they kept being complicated. I had to submit 8 development tickets, where on a normal day, there's maybe one or two. So, I didn't get it all done as fast as I needed to. I logged in, started to walk through the first transaction, and got a nasty SQL error. Now I get to go back at 8am and pray we can figure it out in 2 hours before the class starts. Yuck.
But for now, leftover ribs and corn.
The dinner break introduced us to the yummy barbecue place across the street from her current place in Los Gatos. Being the decadent souls we are, we hopped next door to Crimson for dessert. With full bellys and warm hearts, we headed home to reload our closet.
The reload was very successful. I now have cubby holes full of trousers and overalls and sweaters. I have a daily wear section and a spot for dresses and long skirts and my shoes are all neatly put away on their shelves. Rick has a nice space for his stuff so that it doesn't get crushed and wrinkled and he can get in and out of his sock drawer without getting shirt tails caught in it. It all went together very nicely and I'm really glad he insisted on doing it. Plus, now I get to pick which project to finish next, and I think the dining room ceiling and walls is next on the list.
Cost of closet organizers: less than $100 total. Having a happy Rick just in time for his birthday: priceless.
Thursday, August 04, 2005
A while ago, Frank learned his job in SF would be going away. There was talk of transfer to Tennessee or North Carolina or Iceland. As each of those dissolved, I breathed a sigh of relief. We'd find Frank a new job here. We had to. My hope had been that we could build an in-law unit in our backyard and install them in our household permanently. Researching that, it turns out that isn't really possible because of zoning rules. Then he finally got the official 60 day notice from the company, and now just a few days later, he's been offered a transfer to Richland, Washington. He starts there in 17 days, and they've got to pack up their life and move between now and then. My inner child is having a temper tantrum, screaming NO and kicking inside my head. It's such a short time frame, there's no hope of even getting him interviewed and hired somewhere else.
I'm heartbroken. Janelle has always been friend, foundation, and spiritual guide (for what little sense of spirituality I have). Frank is her perfect match. There will be a big hole left when they're more than an hour out of reach.
Um, does anyone need a well-trained Windows security administrator right now? If so, please speak up.
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
I'm a Trainer
Now I'm really hoping I didn't blow it with Andrea at Google. Really.
Monday, August 01, 2005
Queue on Fire!!!
Google 2nd Phone Interview
If not, I've got a plan here at Stanford. No, the plan I had last week didn't work out. The queue sucked my soul and my time away and I got little else done. And this week is all going to be about the queue because Jo-Ann is on vacation and I'm covering HR, SA, and Workflow by myself. So plan A? Yeah, not so much. But that's okay. I'll get back on that horse soon, because I had another major brainstorm.
The basic problem I'm having at Stanford is that I'm feeling like I've learned what there is to learn in my current role, and the work is basically redundant. I thrive on having something more to learn and something to challenge me to work better and faster.
So what if that learning wasn't at work? What if I went back to school? I'm looking at taking the GMAT before the September 15th deadline for application to the San Jose State MBA program. If accepted, I could start that in the Spring term. And wouldn't that be interesting? It would also be dependent on staying here in my current role which I can do without any special burden, usually in 8 hours a day.
That leaves me in a decent position. If Google calls back, then hooray! I get the job of my dreams. If not, I stay put and try to dive back into learning from a different angle. Either way, it's all good.